FUTURE PRIMATE

The future soldier will be part human, part machine

Forget an Apple iWatch, the U.S. military is the one really taking wearable technology to new levels.

Different divisions of the U.S. armed forces, as well as other government agencies such as Darpa, are all working on developing high-tech armor that will help not only provide soldiers with full-body ballistic protection, but will also give them superhuman-like capabilities.

Think enhanced vision, increased upper body strength, improved speed and even amplified situational awareness.

Some of the technology that the soldier of the future may wear could include advanced sensors, that can respond to brain functions; smart fabrics that could provide hemorrhage control; and a heads-up display that could provide real-time battlefield data. An exoskeleton that enhances physical performance—and also captures kinetic energy to power the soldier’s attire—could also be part of the future uniform.

Although this might sound like something straight out of a scene from a science fiction movie, it’s actually not that far off from becoming a reality…

Read more here http://www.cnbc.com/id/101664183

This entry was published on May 14, 2014 at 8:05 pm. It’s filed under Politics and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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